OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
It’s not if it doesn’t pass through *your* mind. It’s if it doesn’t pass through *anybody’s* mind. But I would like to credit even the cat with some intelligence so you have to include the cat himself as well. I only asked “you” (i.e. Bobby at the time) to try it as an example. But I also said that this doesn’t lead to subjectivity. I’ve said it a number of times in this discussion so please consider.
If *something* exists, then it must be distinct from something else. Even the Eagle Nebula needs to be distinguished from the gas and stars around it that are not part of the Eagle Nebula. I am not saying that this is subjective! I am saying that the only way the Eagle Nebula can be seen as distinct from its surroundings is if someone distinguishes it. I doubt very much if it will distinguish itself. The cat will distinguish itself, as will possibly the tulip. The Eagle Nebula does not exist apart from us.